Saturday 24 February 2018

Rabbitte: Colm Keaveney 'would join Hezbollah to advance his career'

Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Colm Keaveney ‘would join Hezbollah if he thought it would advance his career’, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said of his former party colleague today.

The Labour TD also said the clip of Keaveney announcing his move to Fianna Fáil will go down in Irish television history.

Rabbitte made the comments on RTÉ One’s The Week in Politics with presenter Áine Lawlor this afternoon.

“Irish television has some great moments… Padraig Flynn and The Late Late Show, Noel Dempsey and Dermot Ahern saying “There’s no bailout”, but if you watch that clip, that’s going to join them,” Rabbitte said.

He also said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin couldn’t “keep a straight face” as Keaveney described how he had been welcomed into the Fianna Fáil family and suggested that impressionist Oliver Callan would probably provide the most accurate representation of the week’s events.

“I think Colm Keaveney would join the Hezbollah if he thought it would advance his career,” he said.

Hezbollah is a Lebanon-based, anti-Israel Shia militia group.

“There’s no terrorism angle… he would join anyone if he thought it would advance his career,” Minister Rabbitte added.

Keaveney moved to Fianna Fáil this week, six months after he quit the Labour Party because he was unhappy with its policies in government.

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